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    Hawk's sketchbook - "Eureka!...wait, no...nevermind"

    Ok, so I finally joined CA. I must admit that I've always been intimidated by you guys but the opportunities that everyone provides for critiquing and improvement finally overcame my shyness and I decided to start a sketchbook.

    About Me: I'm 23 years old and I've been drawing since forever, mostly portraits and costume designs though. Because of my love of costume design I fell in love with researching but I soon realized that I didn't just want to create a costume design, I wanted to create a character with a story. I also love to design the various props/weaponry and I like figuring out how they would work.
    As for pieces, I was never a prolific artist and only recently did one of my friends encourage me to just draw all the time *eternally indebted to her* so most of my art is a little old but I'm trying to do something everyday now so I'll be adding alot more as I come along with that.

    Media: I grew up using pencils and charcoal for costume design and head drawing but I finally broke down and started trying digital art, using a mouse and a random program that was on the computer already but my friend just sold me their spare tablet (Wacom Intuos 2) and I bought CS3 so I'm experimenting with that now. Because of my inexperience with digital, I don't know too much about brushes or anything but I'm picking up tidbits here and there and I'm trying to experiment with them.

    So I guess I'll just start by posting what I have, I'd love any critique you can give me or suggestions of what I should do to improve in character design.

    This is in chronological order so if you want to see anything new you need to read on. ^_Q

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    Computer Coloring Beginnings

    Using a mouse.
    Even for how weak these pieces are, I can't believe I had the patience to do these. I remember being away from home recently without my tablet and deciding to try using my mouse again...*ran away screaming*
    We really must pay homage to all those who spend precious hours of their lives with mouse in hand and god-like patience to create even the simplest pieces *bows in respect*

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    If you're determined to use Digital Art, I'd advise you get a drawing tablet (Like Wacom) it just makes the process of drawing on a program a hell of alot easier. As drawing with a mouse is just plain awkward. By the way, do you have any sketches done in traditional media?

    My sketchbook, if you really want to see it...

    "Picasso is a painter, so am I;... Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I." - Salvador Dali
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    Testing out the tablet

    early tries with the tablet.

    Romy: I revised her a little after this picture but think she still needs a major overhall in design, hopefully as I improve my photoshop technique I'll be able to work that out.

    Hawk: My official alter-ego design. You can also see her in my avatar ^^ I already started working on the bottom picture again, adding a more painterly style to it. I'll probably be posting it as I work on it it to get some critique and suggestion on the weird lighting since I would really like this to be a nice finished piece.

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    The Girl "Asphodel": This was a character design inspired by Wen-M, The dagger she holding as well as the monster in front are his. I was going for this whole glowy thing, but the lack of reference killed it for me, I got way overwhelmed. Maybe I'll do a redesign when I have a better grasp of Photoshop and some good ref.

    The sword: if you want to know the story behind this/get a better idea of the research that went into this, check out my blogger post where I explain the whole thing: http://hawks-lair.blogspot.com/2008/...th-design.html

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    Recent tablet sketches, proper reference really makes a ton of difference. I grew up with that deluded "if you're really good, you don't need reference" notion and I'm finally growing out of it as you can see here. I still need to work on the Gypsy girl, still some tiny anatomy issues to resolve but I'm much more satisfied with the look than with some of the previous pictures I posted - where it glaringly obvious that I wasn't using any ref.

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    Trying Digital Painting

    Both of these are from this last week, I saw someone changing their brush settings for opacity jitter to pen pressure, and this is what I came up with. The owl I did in a couple of hours just to test the brush setting and I'm still working on the girl. I definitely like this setting, I can make it look so much more painterly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kagemusha22 View Post
    If you're determined to use Digital Art, I'd advise you get a drawing tablet (Like Wacom) it just makes the process of drawing on a program a hell of alot easier. As drawing with a mouse is just plain awkward. By the way, do you have any sketches done in traditional media?
    sorry I didn't see your message at first since I was still posting. I'll try too get some traditional stuff up too ^^

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    Gesture Drawings

    I had a chance recently to brush up my gesture drawings, I feel ok with most of the proportions but I'm still working on getting a good consistent line quality.

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    Head drawings from life

    Last year I had jury duty and and room was packed! Absolutely no one was called in so I took advantage of the room full of sleeping people to practice some head drawings. They're not amazing but I do like the two women to the bottom left of justice.

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    Night at the Museum

    -Animal sketches from a museum, I think I'll go to a zoo next to draw from live animals.

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    Naruto Original Character Designs

    Another set of recent character designs (both with very long and involved stories which, mercifully, I will omit) ^_Q
    -I should have used better ref, especially for the guy *hides in shame*

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    Portrait from a photo

    I used to do tons of portraits in charcoal but that doesn't translate too well to drawing in random locations and I draw portraits all the time to calm myself when I'm stressed, so I started using pencil. I have a few more recent ones but I already had this one scanned to here you go:

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